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Town may show future impact

N. Dakota town may mirror area

March 3, 2013

MARIETTA — Thanks to North Dakota’s oil-laden Bakken shale deposits, the economy is has grown 30 percent since 2010 in Dickinson, N.D., a community about the size of Marietta....

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Geezer

Mar-03-13 9:31 AM

A quick check of hotels shows plenty of rooms available at various chains with prices starting at $100 per night. According to Gas Buddy, gasoline prices in Dickinson ND are the same as Parkersburg. I'm not too sure how the locals can cross the border into Wyoming since the two states do not share a common border, althought it is true that Wyoming gas prices run about 50 cents cheaper on the gallon.

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Northender

Mar-03-13 1:02 PM

Some areas across the country where fracking has boomed have noted an increase in crime -- including domestic violence and sexual assault. In Dickinson, North Dakota, there has been at least a 300% increase in assault and sex crimes over the past year. The mayor has attributed the increase in crime to the oil and "natural" gas boom in their area.

Fracking may be putting North Dakota on the map — but not for the best reasons.

For a less biased view of the impact of the oil and gas boom in western ND, I suggest the cover article in the March issus of National Geographic.

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